U.S. Indoor Air Quality Market

Published - Aug 2009| Analyst - Andrew McWilliams| Code - ENV003C
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Report Highlights

  • Sales in the U.S. Indoor Air Quality market amounted to $7.7 billion in 2008, but were expected to decrease to less than $7.1 billion in 2009 due to the global recession. The market is projected to rebound, however, to reach $8.5 billion in 2014, for a 5-year compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 3.5%. 
  • The equipment market was worth $3.6 billion in 2008. This is expected to decrease to $3.3 billion in 2009 but increase to nearly $4 billion in 2014, for a 5-year CAGR of 3.6%. 
  • The consulting/testing services segment was worth $2 billion in 2008. That is projected to decline to $1.7 billion in 2009, but to grow at a CAGR of 4.6% to nearly $2.2 billion in 2014.



This BCC Research market research report is an update of a report published in 2006. Since then, continuing media attention given to the health effects of toxic mold, the outbreak of infectious diseases such as swine flu, and the increase in chronic respiratory diseases such as asthma have resulted in a new interest in, and attention to, indoor air quality (IAQ) in homes, commercial buildings, schools, and hospitals.
At the same time, the downturn in the U.S. economy that began in 2008 has had a negative impact on the market for IAQ equipment and services, at least in the short term. In the longer term, building owners and operators are expected to purchase growing quantities of IAQ-related equipment and services in the hope of reducing or eliminating these contaminants from their buildings.
The goal of this study is to provide an understanding of recent trends in the IAQ industry and their impacts on various market segments. Specifically, this report attempts to determine the size of the overall IAQ market and its subcategories such as IAQ equipment and technologies, IAQ consulting services, and environmental services. 
The report also defines and outlines the end-use market segments and settings that are expected to absorb most of the IAQ equipment and services. In addition, this report discusses the indoor air contaminants that are of highest concern in these end-use markets, including mold and other biological contaminants, allergens, airborne pollutants, and radon.
The author of this study tried to provide insights into three main areas: (1) How large is the overall IAQ market and how much growth can be expected? (2) Which subcategories of the industry are going to see the most growth, which the least, and why? (3) Which settings and end-use markets hold the greatest potential for future growth of which types of equipment and services.
In an effort to answer these questions, the author discusses many aspects of the IAQ market.  Aside from discussing the equipment, technologies, instrumentation, and environmental services market, this report also covers, in detail, the contaminants of highest concern, recent research related to these contaminants, regulations and guidelines concerning these contaminants, and the ventilation or systems needed to remove them from the indoor environment, as well as many other issues related to IAQ. The report also discusses the settings and end-use markets of interest, including homes, commercial buildings, schools, and hospitals, as well as the reasons why IAQ is of great concern in each setting, contaminants specific to each setting, and equipment or methods that might alleviate the specific problems.
For this reason, this study should be of interest to many parties, including manufacturers of IAQ equipment such as air cleaners and purifiers, ventilation systems, heating ventilation, and air-conditioning (HVAC) systems, and replacement filters. IAQ consultants and testing agencies, mold remediators, asbestos abatement contractors, and radon mitigation service providers should also find it useful. Finally, this report should be of interest to building owners and operators who are concerned about their indoor environments and are interested in learning about methods of control and emerging technologies designed to solve specific problems.
This report is confined to covering IAQ issues of concern to residential homes, commercial buildings and light industrial properties, schools, and hospitals. The report does not discuss IAQ issues relevant to heavy industry and manufacturing environments, nor does it cover IAQ issues, practices, equipment, and regulations concerning confined spaces or aircraft. However, it does discuss, in detail, the equipment and services that are most relevant to private homes, office buildings and retail establishments, schools, and healthcare facilities. The equipment covered includes air cleaners, HVAC equipment, HVAC replacement filters, and IAQ instrumentation. Environmental services such as consulting and remediation and recovery are also covered in detail.
The report first covers trends and information related to the overall IAQ market. It then goes on to discuss the equipment subcategory of the industry and breaks that down into sections on each type of equipment. Next, the report will cover the consulting and testing industry subcategory and then the environmental services industry subcategory. Under each subcategory, technologies, trends, market value, and growth are discussed. From there, the report covers the end-use markets including residential dwellings, commercial buildings, schools, and hospitals. Each setting is discussed in detail including specific contaminants, problems, and solutions, as well as the types of equipment and services appropriate to each.
The author first reviewed extensive secondary sources on the general topic of IAQ, on equipment such as air cleaners, HVAC replacement filters, HVAC systems, and IAQ instrumentation, on environmental services, and on the settings in which these services and products are used. This information was supplemented with primary research, including extensive first-person interviews with industry experts, consultants, manufacturers of equipment, service providers, government officials, trade and professional associations, and personnel from public health, environmental, and regulatory agencies.
Based on information obtained from these sources, the author determined the size of the overall IAQ market through extensive research, including first-person interviews and secondary sources of information. Through these same avenues, the author broke down the overall market into distinct subcategories and determined the size and growth potential for each category and environmental service. 
The author then determined which settings were most in need of IAQ equipment and services and how much of this each setting might absorb. The potential market for IAQ products and services for each setting was determined based on the number of buildings in each category and the number of these establishments potentially affected by IAQ problems.
This report is an updated version of an earlier report prepared by Joy LePree, an experienced freelance writer, editor, researcher, and author with extensive experience in the IAQ market through her work for publications such as Industrial Maintenance & Plant Operation, Industrial Safety & Hygiene News, and Industrial Product Bulletin. Andrew McWilliams, the author of this updated report, is a partner in the Boston-based international technology and marketing consulting firm, 43rd Parallel, LLC. He is the author of numerous other BCC Research market opportunity studies, including ENV011A The U.S. Market for Clean Technologies, ENV006A Global Markets for Hazardous Waste Remediation, ENV007A The U.S. Market for “Green” Building Materials, and CHM020C Catalysts for Energy and Environmental Applications.
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The information developed in this report is intended to be as reliable as possible at the time of publication and of a professional nature. This information does not constitute managerial, legal, or accounting advice; nor should it serve as a corporate policy guide, laboratory manual, or an endorsement of any product, as much of the information is speculative in nature. The author assumes no responsibility for any loss or damage that might result from reliance on the reported information or its use. 

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Published - Sep-2006| Analyst - Andrew McWilliams| Code - ENV003B

Report Highlights

  • The indoor air quality (IAQ) equipment market was valued at $3.6 billion in 2005 and is expected to reach $10.4 billion by 2011, a 5.2% average annual growth rate (AAGR) over the next 5-year period.
  • Consulting and testing services were valued at $1.5 billion in 2005 and should reach $2.7 billion by 2011 based on a 10% AAGR over the next 5-year period. Environmental services, including mold remediation, asbestos abatement, and radon mitigation, were valued at $1.6 billion in 2005 and, based on an AAGR of 9.5%, should reach $2.9 billion by 2011.
  • Currently, the end-use markets with the biggest potential for applications of IAQ equipment and services include residential dwellings, commercial buildings, schools, and health care facilities. The commercial segment was the largest market for IAQ equipment and services, accounting for 26% of the market in 2005, followed by schools (22%), residences (19%), and health care facilities (17%).

Published - Jul-2004| Analyst - Joy Anderson LePree| Code - ENV003A

Report Highlights

  • The overall U.S. indoor air quality market (IAQ) was $5.6 billion in 2003 and is expected to rise at an average annual growth rate (AAGR) of 11% to $9.4 billion by 2008.
  • to reach $4.6 billion by 2008 based on an AAGR of 7%.
  • rising at an AAGR of 8%, should reach $1.4 billion by 2008.
  • remediation, asbestos abatement, and radon mitigation. This segment will rise at an AAGR of 21% to reach $3.4 billion by 2008.


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